Mind and Doubt

Where are our thoughts?

Do we guide ourselves to “think of things above” as the Bible asks?

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

More often than not we allow our minds and thoughts to be directed by the winds of the world.

Ephesians 4:14

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”

I know it is not often that we consider the worldview’s of our non-Christian friends as ‘deceitful’, because it may not be intended that way. However, that does not mean that we ought to allow ourselves to become swept up by the bandwagon group of people going to the next best fad.

Today, I happened to switch onto a public radio station when I heard this story.

There was an actor in the 1970’s who had conquered it all. She had won two academy awards, was a bestseller singer and actor, and had driven the political scale off the charts when she visited our enemies during the Vietnam War. Originally, her workout of choice was Ballet, but when she broke her foot, she switched gears. She entered into a new form of fitness known as aerobics.

Shortly thereafter, a business-man called the actor up asking if she wanted to put a few aerobics classes on tape. At the time, only a fraction of people owned VCR recorders and could even watch these new tapes. However, more than three million copies of those aerobics films were sold.

That blow caused the spike in the fad of at-home workouts. It also began the new fad of home movies. Jane Fonda. The woman who began all of the fads. Her outfit of choice? Neon leggings and leg warmers. Which, that sparked a fashion revolution on it’s own.

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The world will never be the same after each one of these fads. In this world, you do not get to do anything over again. First time becomes the only time. You can never redo it. You can never get someone back after you lost them. You cannot undo your choice when you push someone away.

You learn a lot.

How often do we see the upcoming generations of kids being swept along by the ‘next big thing’? Why is that?

Well, for one there is an incredible lack of critical-thinking in my generation. For whatever reason, many of my peers simply were never required to make decisions between two points of view because they were never given two points of view. NEVER. 

How did that happen you may ask? After the Board of Education ruled that religion should not be taught in schools, (and by religion, they were specifically attacking and targeting Christianity) what happened was that every opportunity for choice on the students part disappeared.

In this ‘new and improved’ school system, kids and students no longer received ‘religion’ but instead received information dumps on hypothesis’s presented as if they were solid fact.

Why do we wonder why so many kids walk away from their faith when they have been taught everyday at school that faith is outdated and stupid?

We are sending our kids and students into places that are hostile. 

I was homeschooled through high school. Every single day I thank God that I was homeschooled. In fact, I have met people who ask me “how I became such a critical thinker”. I always have to answer that I was homeschooled.

 

I have met numerous parents who say their children are going into schools to be the ‘salt and light’ of the world. Let me pose a question to those parents: How can your child be the light of the world if they are being taught every day that they are stupid?

Children are not the people Jesus speaks to in that verse. Jesus made several references to how the disciples knowledge was inadequate. How the disciples needed to move on from the milk to solid food.

Hebrews 5:12

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!”

Jesus did not ask children to go out as salt and light. We are their teachers. If our students are not adequately prepared to deal with the world with God’s wisdom and understanding, then we have failed. Bless those who have learned from God lead teachers!

Luke 6:40 

“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”

Which teacher will you be like? The one you watch everyday on the TV and in the world, or the one who died for you and left His instructions for you written down as the living word?

Be blessed today.

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